In a world of globalization, innovation, mobility and connectivity, all industries are changing permanently and with it the complexity in development and engineering. Therefore, education has to keep up this accelerating pace and equip open minded, flexible and motivated individuals with skills, vision and competence – young engineers who are characterized not only by outstanding technical competence, but also by their communicativeness and ability to work in a team. As a multi- and interdisciplinary field, the automotive world can be exploited only through teamwork, due to the complexity of processes for designing, developing and industrializing modern vehicles.
In a student engineering educational process related to the automotive industry at TUCN, an educational model was proposed, developed, and applied to increase students’ practical skills of learned theory.
The model is called Turbo Assisted Automotive Engineering Education (TAAEE). Like a combustion engine whose functional performance is improved up to 35-40% by using a turbocharging system, the educational model is designed to increase vocational training by amplifying practical skills and social abilities. The permanent connection between theory and practice makes the education system highly efficient for every single student. While for example participating in international race car competitions, internships in the automotive industry, dissertation papers nominated and proposed by companies or workshops on specialized topics, the students learn to see the bigger picture and to think outside the box.
The purpose of using the TAAEE model in the engineering educational process is to achieve a strong direct link between theory and practice and to develop students’ competences, contemporary attributes required by the modern automotive industry.
The scholarship program supported by Porsche Engineering Romania is destined to Automotive Engineering students who are accustomed to think laterally and love taking on new challenges. Bachelor and master students on the designated lines of studies at the Automotive Engineering and Transportation Department from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca have the opportunity to apply for the scholarship and join the diverse and exciting world of Porsche Engineering.
Thinker in projects, share experience, get the connection between theory and practice – everything is combined in this scholarship. The purpose is to motivate and support the best students to become highly trained automotive engineers who will shape the automotive future.
This space is a dedicated place in the university where discussions and exchanges between students as well as between students and professionals take place. They can share their interest and enthusiasm for mobility in the automotive world at a ramp up platform for innovation - the so-called Porsche Corner. The purpose is to create a perfect environment where products designed by engineers from Porsche Engineering come into contact with young fresh minds of the students and vice versa.